Johnson City, Tenn. (October 19, 2003) - Wofford pulled out its first road win of the season by defeating East Tennessee State 3-2 Sunday afternoon in Brooks Gym. The Terriers defeated ETSU by scores of 32-30, 28-30, 36-34, 25-30, and 15-8, as the Buccaneers fall to 4-17 overall and 2-7 in Southern Conference play.
"Our team just doesn't want it bad enough," said ETSU head coach Lindsey Devine. "For us to improve, we have to have key players step up. We have to play every point and can't make excuses."
Wofford (6-16, 2-8 SoCon) came from behind in game one in pulling off a 32-30 win, but ETSU evened the match with a 30-28 victory in game two. The Terriers swayed the momentum in their favor with a close 36-34 victory in game three - it was the second time in as many matches that ETSU lost a pivotal game three by a matter of two points. The Buccaneers lost a 39-37 game three decision to Furman earlier in the week in falling to the Lady Paladins 3-2 on Wednesday.
East Tennessee State responded in game four with a convincing 30-25 win, but the Buccaneers looked flat in the decisive game five hitting a putrid -.136, as ETSU fell to the Terriers 15-8.
Andrea Duke, who entered the match second in the SoCon in kills per game (4.88), bettered her average on Sunday by leading Wofford with 33 kills. Duke had eight of the team's 15 service errors, but made up for her poor serving by adding 17 digs to her resume. Rhea deJesus tallied 67 assists on the afternoon, while Lindsay Lyman was one of four Terriers who registered double digits in digs with a match-high 23.
ETSU was led by its senior duo of Kate Steidle (Waynesboro, Va.) and Lissa Allen (Palm Bay, Fla.). Steidle recorded the Buccaneers' lone double double with a team-high 19 kills and five service aces, while pitching in 13 digs on the defensive side. Allen followed Steidle's lead with 15 kills and registered six of the team's 14 blocks. Freshman Jennifer Sartor (Toronto, Ontario) added 13 kills and sophomore Kristi Robinson (Knoxville, Tenn.) tallied 62 assists. Freshman Natalie Pittenger (Gaston, Ind.) led the Bucs with 17 digs, followed by Andrea Piercy (Saskatoon, Saskatchewan) and Karen Freeburg (New Castle, Ind.), who pitched in 16 digs apiece.
East Tennessee State will next host Chattanooga on Tuesday, Oct. 21 in Brooks Gym. The Buccaneers dropped a 3-0 decision at Chattanooga earlier in the season, and will hope to redeem themselves against the Mocs as the second half of the SoCon season gets underway.
"I tell our players it's about pride," said Devine. "Right now we're fighting for a playoff spot, but these girls have to look within themselves and ask if they are ready to play every single point."